Is it safe to start exercising as an older adult?

Absolutely it is safe to start exercising as an older adult. All individuals, young or old, should be put through a comprehensive fitness assessment by a personal training before initiating a exercise program. Older adults often have some type of chronic disease. These diseases carry certain risks and concerns. However, once you perform a comprehensive fitness assessment exercise programming can begin.

Staying mobile will certainly help the older adult age well, but, participation in regular physical activity such as cardiorespiratory training or resistance training 3- 5 days per week is most beneficial. Participation in regular physical activity will help older adults maintain muscular strength and prevent common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and stroke. The load bearing effects of resistance training has been shown to reduce risk of osteoporosis.

It is safe for older adults to start exercising.  Get your go ahead from your doctor and get started. Be sure to inform fully your trainer or instructor of all health and medical issues and he or she will design a workout routine appropriate for you. So feel confident you get out there and exercise whether you choose a fitness center/gym, the community college’s aerobics or yoga class or a walking club. It’s never to late for health improvements.

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